11 November, 2019

National League: The Owls remain unbeaten after victory over London Titans

The Owls remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier Division after victory over London Titans on a busy weekend of National League action (9 & 10 November). 

The Manchester-based team claimed their fourth successive win, beating Premier Division rivals London Titans 69-54 at the National Basketball Performance Centre. 

Victory for the Owls put the pressure on Sheffield Steelers with The Owls knocking the reigning champions off their perch at the top of the table – for 24 hours, anyway. 

Steelers responded like true champions with a strong opening two quarters setting-up a 84-61 win over NI Knights to move the Steelers back to the top of the table, despite the scoring efforts of the visitors’ Jason Kennedy (32 points).  

Tees Valley Titans’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end at CWBA, with 17 points each for Peter Cusack and Liam Hassell catapulting CWBA to a 62-43 victory over the Titans. 

Exeter Otters claimed their first win since returning to the Premier Division after triumphing 57-47 over The Bears. 

After another full programme of Premier Division action, the Sheffield Steelers remain at the top; one point ahead of The Owls, who have played one game less, with CWBA and NI Knights a further two points behind on six. 

Division 1 

It was a busy, but successful, weekend for Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks 1 who won their Division 1 North games against North Wales Knights and Manchester Giants Mavericks in a double header. 

Saturday’s 39-76 win over NW Knights was followed by a 34-54 victory against Manchester Mavericks; extending their winning start to the season. 

Wakefield Whirlwinds secured back-to-back wins after a 49-85 win over The Owls in the only other fixture in Division 1 North. 

With no game for Division 1 South leaders London Titans 2 this weekend, their closest challenges, Aces, seized the opportunity, beating Jaguars 60-37 to move within one point of the Titans, having played a game less. 

Just one point separated The Bears 2 and Blackhawks as The Bears won their first game of the season, thanks to a 40-39 victory. 

Thames Valley Kings continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 37-58 win away at CWBA 2. 

Division 2 

A 10-point victory over Birmingham Phoenix extended Tees Valley Titans 2’s winning streak to four games in Division 2 North (46-56). 

Sheffield Steelers 3 made it two wins from two with a 34-60 triumph over Leicester Cobras, while North Wales Knights 2 beat Glasgow Rollin’ Rocks 2 63-30. 

In Division 2 South, Plymouth Raiders were victorious twice in a double header with Norwich Lowriders. Playing both games back-to-back, Raiders won the first fixture 44-64, before winning the second by nearly an identical winning margin, 65-42. 

Frenford Falcons returned to winning ways with victory against London Titans 3 – the game finishing 64-36 in favour of Frenford. 

Cardiff Met Archers secured their first win of the season, with all nine of their matchday squad, scoring in their 61-36 win at home to Hampshire Harriers. 

Division 3 

Wakefield Whirlwinds 2 continued their winning start to the season, whilst ending Viking’s unbeaten record, thanks to a 38-52 away win in Division 3 North.  

Calderdale claimed a one-point victory over Stoke Spitfires; the 34-35 scoreline saw Calderdale leapfrog their opponents in the table. 

A 29-35 victory over Manchester Mavericks saw Jaguars 2 claim their first win of the season. 

CWBA 3 moved to the top of the Division 3 Central / South West table after a close-fought 44-38 win over Thames Valley Kings 2. 

The only other fixture in the Central / South West ended 36-22 with The Bears 3 getting the better of Blackhawks 2. 

In Division 3 South East, Brixton Ballers extended their unbeaten streak to four games, courtesy of a convincing 14-65 win over Sussex Bears 2. 

London Titans claimed back-to-back wins with a 35-53 victory over Folkestone Arrows. 

A full list of results and league tables are available here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/nl-premier-division-18-19/ 

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